Posted on Sat, Dec 08, 2007 at 10:10 a.m. EST
AUG 2006 - JULy 2007
“Beautiful Redeemer Emancipates Always Delivering!” (B.R.E.A.D)
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Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51)
I looked for words/phrases that are repeated over and over because repetition usually implies importance! What stuck out in these verses is BREAD. It is mentioned 7 times in these verses alone:
Within these 7 listings alone, I saw lots of precious nuggets of Truth which have been spoken by Jesus and confirmed with repetition. Seven is a number of completion too!
1 & 5 can be paired together.
3 & 5 can be paired together.
4 & 6 can be paired together.
All these pairings are brought together and summarized in a nutshell with #7!
I found these 7 points very fascinating and exciting to look deeply into!
I asked myself what types of bread are represented here?
1. Dying bread!
2. Living bread!
I asked myself what ‘dying bread’ means?
What came to my mind when I thought about dying bread is the manna that the Israelites ate in the wilderness. It was a type of bread that was going to rot if it was not used in the specified time and amount that the Lord had allotted for them to eat it. Also, this bread was not going to help them live forever. Those that ate of it eventually died. This bread could not sustain life forever.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. (Exodus 16:4, NIV)
"Then Moses said to them, "No one is to keep any of it until morning. However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell." (Exodus 16:19-20, NIV)
"The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey." (Exodus 16:31, NIV)
I asked myself what ‘Living Bread’ means?
What came to my mind is Jesus Christ for He claimed to be the ‘Living Bread’. Not only that but He is the ‘I AM’ that introduced Himself to Moses at the Burning Bush.
"God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14, NIV)
It is Jesus that gave them manna to eat. Now Jesus does not just introduce Himself as ‘I AM’ but as ‘I AM the BREAD OF LIFE’. It is this Bread that gives life but there is a condition.
Those who want to continue to live forever need to eat this Bread. Just as the Israelites had to eat the bread that fell from heaven to stay alive physically, following the rules set by God, Jesus is letting his listeners know that they need to eat a new kind of Bread that came from Heaven to stay alive eternally, following Him.
All the manna eaten would not give people Eternal life but Jesus said He could give it to them.
The statement Jesus makes is so profound that Jesus introduces His credentials first before making the statement, “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
I asked myself what are the credentials that Jesus introduces for Himself?
1. I AM
The people of that day would have been familiar with ‘I AM’ especially since that is how God introduced Himself to Moses. The people knew that God spoke from Heaven. Jesus uses those same words with a description: ‘I Am the Bread of Life’. Jesus does not stop there but lets them know He is the I Am from Heaven!
People needed to believe in His credentials if they were going to accept what He was going to tell them. Right after speaking about His credentials, Jesus talks about eating.
Jesus wants them to eat the Bread of Life to live forever and makes it clear to them He is the key to make that happen. This is evidenced by “and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
What cannibalism? No, No, No!!!
Jesus is foreshadowing His death to come when His body would be broken, symbolized by bread, and given for the life of the world.
Jesus starts of with ‘I Am the Bread of Life' and concludes here with ‘Given for the life of the world.'
If these two are put together for a nutshell summary it comes of as “I Am the Bread of Life given for the life of the world.”
I asked myself what is the ‘life of the world’ mean?
What came to my mind is that physical bread such as manna was not enough to keep the world from dying. People were eating and living but their souls were still dying because they were separated from God due to missing the mark set by God. No one of the world has been able to achieve the mark and the people of the world have not been able to live forever. Their eternity has been hampered because of them missing the mark.
Finally, God decided to intervene as the Son of Man and became a new kind of Bread with living qualities called the Living Bread so those who partake of Him will never die.
God made Eternal life available to the life of the world so people of the world would not continue to die eternally. But it had a price!
Jesus was going to give His life for the life of the world for only life could give life. Jesus was foreshadowing His sacrifice for the world but wanted those there to follow Him right there. He was going to sacrifice His life so the people of the world could have life. There is a condition though.
Jesus is letting them know that as they follow Him, their life will continue forever eternally because it will be interwoven with His Life.
I saw important implications for my own life.
Life starts with Jesus, for He is the Bread of Life. Just because I am living does not mean that I have Eternal Life and will live forever. It begins with Jesus. This means no one else can give Eternal Life. Jesus is making the Absolute claim that He is the ‘I AM’, He is from Heaven, and He is the Bread of Life given for the life of the world.
No one else claimed what Jesus claimed, not Buddha, not Krishna, not Mohammad, not anyone else. If I wanted a religion to follow, I could have stuck with Hinduism. For me it is not about religion for religion can save no one. In fact, people following a religion have caused more havoc in the world and have made people see that religion can become the death of the world, not the life of the world.
It is God who saves, who revealed Himself as ‘I Am’ to Moses and has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to partake of Him to receive Eternal Life. I am so glad that I do not follow a religion but now follow a relationship with Jesus Christ who wants me to partake of Him. For He has become my Bread of Life!
I ask you now dear friend what kind of bread do you eat?
Dear friend, all the earthly bread we eat regardless of who it is blessed by will not save us to live forever eternally unless we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Personal Savior. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life offering Himself to you. He gave His flesh for you on the Cross of Calvary. His body was broken for you. He wants you to eat of Him in a symbolic sense.
Partake of Him in your life by allowing Him to come live in you. One way we do this is by taking Holy Communion! But Holy Communion should only be taken if you believe and follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior.
The first is the bread that represents Christ’s body broken for you and me. When we eat the bread, we are saying that we do remember what Jesus did for us on the Cross of Calvary and He did it to give life to the world of which we are part of. The second part of Holy Communion is the wine/juice symbolic of Christ’s cleansing blood when His blood was shed for you and me.
To eat the bread, symbolizing the broken body of Jesus to give you life, is telling those around you that you do follow Jesus Christ and have a relationship with Jesus Christ because of what He did for you. To drink the wine/juice, symbolizing the cleansing blood of Jesus to give you life, is also telling those around you that you do follow Jesus Christ and have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Both bread and juice must be taken. There cannot be one without the other!
Eating of the bread or drinking of the juice at Holy Communion without acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Personal Savior, just becomes a religious ritual of religion which cannot save for only a relationship with Jesus Christ can save you and me! Holy Communion should not be taken without accepting the Lord Jesus into your life and confessing your sin before the Lord.
Friend, Jesus has offered Himself for you too. Yes, He has! The world is full of sin and since the world is full of sin those who inhabit it are infected and become sinners. But the Good News is, Jesus came as the Bread of Life to give His life to give you Eternal Life. While we were yet sinners Jesus died for us.
Friend, this means you do not need to be perfect or have everything right in your life before you come to Jesus. If you wait for that to happen, you maybe waiting until it is too late.
Come as you are and allow the Lord Jesus to work in you. No matter how stained your sins are and you cannot forgive yourself, Jesus lends a Helping Hand and wants to forgive you. Jesus reminds us though our sins are scarlet red, He can make us white as freshly fallen snow and though they are crimson red, Jesus can make us white as wool.
If I allowed my sins to control my life, then I have given control over to Satan and he has won but I have come to accept Christ’s grace and merciful forgiveness to move on and remain His child. For He reminds us friend that “To all who received Him, He gave them right to become children of God, all they needed to do is trust in Him to save them”
Won’t you do that friend?
You could be reading this and already have a personal relationship with the Lord. That’s great! If you feel this would be helpful to someone who does not have a relationship with the Lord, won’t you share it with them? If you do not have a relationship with the Lord as you desire, now is the time of Salvation. Don’t wait, for Jesus is the Bread of Life and wants to be part of your life this Christmas season of 2007! Yes, He does! May you make Jesus part of your life today! Amen!
Bread of Life
You came as the Bread of Life
“Beautiful Redeemer Emancipates Always Delivering!” (B.R.E.A.D)/”What kind of bread do you eat?”
Make this your prayer. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking you need all the answers before coming to Christ. Let me just assure you though you may not have all the answers right now before coming to Jesus, He will answer them slowly. Yes, He will for I know our Redeemer will! Amen!
Friend, you may feel something or you may not but this you can be assured that the Lord Jesus has come into your life and will give you a new beginning! Amen!
Get yourself involved in a campus Bible study, fellowship, and most of all find a Bible believing church and be involved to grow in your Christian walk with the Lord. They all need to be supplements for your own precious time with the Lord in prayer and meditating on His Word. If you need a Bible, please let me know!
If you need anyone to talk to, pray with, or study the Bible with this Winter of 2007, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 412-720-4579.
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